Sunday, May 4, 2003

Doctrine and Covenants 98:11-12

"And I give unto you a commandment that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good, that ye shall live by every word which proceedeth forth out of the mouth of God.
For he will give unto the faithful line upon line, precept upon precept; and I will try you and prove you herewith."
Doctrine and Covenants 98:11-12

Sometimes we (or at least I) make the gospel more complicated than it is.  We'll start drawing lines for ourselves between evils... well, this is less evil than THAT, so it must be okay. :)  Or we worry and torture ourselves over which good choice is the one we need to make, and end up making none of them... and in the end, inaction was probably the worst choice. :)  It is easy to step back and look at our lives, and despite all the good, we pick out all the faults and want to give up or lose hope for the future.  We deny our ability to change and become who we are meant to be... but we have that ability.  We just have to exercise it.  As long as we are still breathing (and hopefully no zombies are on the list), we have the ability to change, to grow, and to become who we have the potential to be.  God works with us individually.  He gives us lessons, little by little, step by step.  We don't have to figure out the answers to the universe today, even though sometimes we want to be able to. :)  We just have to embrace the good that we have, and abide by the truth that we know.  Read your scriptures today (this doesn't count).  Pray sincerely.  Do the things that you can, and stop stressing about the things that you can't change.  Let's make sure that today we're on the good side and not the evil side... and keep checking every day. :)

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